|Publication number||US5412928 A|
|Application number||US 08/183,819|
|Publication date||May 9, 1995|
|Filing date||Jan 21, 1994|
|Priority date||Jan 21, 1994|
|Publication number||08183819, 183819, US 5412928 A, US 5412928A, US-A-5412928, US5412928 A, US5412928A|
|Original Assignee||Reithel; Frederick|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (14), Referenced by (56), Classifications (15), Legal Events (11)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
1. Field of the Invention
The instant invention relates generally to dryers and more specifically it relates to a dehydration device.
2. Description of the Prior Art
Numerous dryers have been provided in prior art that are machines which remove water from clothes by tumbling the clothes through forced hot air systems. While these units may be suitable for the particular purpose to which they address, they would not be as suitable for the purposes of the present invention as heretofore described.
A primary object of the present invention is to provide a dehydration device that will overcome the shortcomings of the prior art devices.
Another object is to provide a dehydration device in which its function is to accelerate the time needed to remove the moisture from turnout uniforms that are required wearing apparel for the safety of fire and rescue personnel.
An additional object is to provide a dehydration device in which the various components of the turnout uniforms are suspended from the device, so that air heated or at room temperature can be forced through the components to remove the moisture.
A further object is to provide a dehydration device that is simple and easy to use.
A still further object is to provide a dehydration device that is economical in cost to manufacture.
Further objects of the invention will appear as the description proceeds.
To the accomplishment of the above and related objects, this invention may be embodied in the form illustrated in the accompanying drawings, attention being called to the fact, however, that the drawings are illustrative only, and that changes may be made in the specific construction illustrated and described within the scope of the appended claims.
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the instant invention in use.
FIG. 2 is a perspective view of the instant invention per se.
FIG. 3 is a front view taken in the direction of arrow 3 in FIG. 2.
FIG. 4 is an enlarged perspective view with parts broken away taken in the direction of arrow 4 in FIG. 3, showing the internal components of the control box in greater detail.
FIG. 5 is an enlarged elevational view of one of the hangers.
FIG. 5A is a top view taken in the direction of arrow 5A in FIG. 5.
FIG. 6 is an enlarged top view of the bunker pants dryer adaptor taken in the direction of arrow 6 in FIG. 2.
FIG. 7 is an enlarged elevational view of the glove dryer adaptor taken in the direction of arrow 7 in FIG. 2.
FIG. 8 is an elevational view of the bunker pants dryer adaptor taken in the direction of arrow 8 in FIG. 6.
Turning now descriptively to the drawings, in which similar reference characters denote similar elements throughout the several views, FIGS. 1 through 3 illustrates a dehydration device 10, which consists of a portable framework 12. Structures 14 are for suspending from the portable framework 12, various components of turnout uniforms 16 that are used by fire and rescue personnel, A mechanism 18 is coupled to the portable framework 12, for removing moisture in an accelerated time interval from the various components of the turnout uniforms 16.
The portable framework 12 includes a pair of spaced apart horizontal leg bases 20. Two pair of casters 22 are provided, with each pair of casters 22 mounted to opposite ends of each horizontal leg base 20. Two pair of stanchions 24 are also provided, with each pair of stanchions 24 affixed in an upstanding spaced apart position onto each horizontal leg base 20. Each horizontal leg base 20 is transversely aligned with respect to each pair of stanchions 24. A perforated top rack 26 extends horizontally between the upper ends of the two pair of stanchions 24.
The suspending structures 14 are a plurality of special hangers 28, to engage with the top rack 26 in spaced apart relationships. Some of the various components of the turnout uniforms 16, such as turnout coats 30 and bunker pants 32 can hang down from the special hangers 28.
Each special hanger 28, as best seen in FIGS. 5 and 5A, consists of a flat bow 34 having a plurality of apertures 36 therethrough. A hook 38 is affixed to an upper apex central portion of the bow 34. The hook 38 can engage with the top rack 26, while a turnout coat 30 can be hung onto the bow 34. A U-shaped carry member 40 is attached to the underside of the bow 34. A clip 42 is on the carry member 40, to hold the cuffs 44 of a pair of bunker pants 32, so that the bunker pants 32 will hang upside down.
The moisture removing mechanism 18 includes a manifold conduit 44 extending horizontally between the lower ends of the pair of stanchions 24 adjacent the leg bases 20 directly below and parallel with the top rack 26. A plurality of air outlet pipes 46 are spaced apart in upright positions on top of the manifold conduit 44 directly under each special hanger 28. An assembly 48 is fluidly connected to a side of the manifold conduit 44 for forcing air through the manifold conduit 44 and out of all of the air outlet pipes 46. Any wet turnout coats 30 and bunker pants 32 hanging down from the special hangers 28 will be dried by the forced air.
The air forcing assembly 48 is a control box 50 that is fluidly connected to the side of the manifold conduit 44. The control box 50 consists of a housing 52, having a bottom wall 54, a top wall 56, a pair of side walls 58, a front wall 60 and a rear wall 62 having an opening therethrough connected into the manifold conduit 44. A blower 64 is in the housing 52 for supplying the forced air into the manifold conduit 44. A heater 70 is also in the housing which when activated will heat the forced air before entering the manifold conduit 44.
A relay/timer 66 is mounted onto one side wall 58 of the housing 52 and is electrically connected to the blower 64 and the heater 70. A three-way selector switch 68 is on and is electrically connected to the relay/timer 66.
When the three-way selector switch 68 is turned to a first position, the blower 64 will operate. When the three-way selector switch 68 is turned to a second position, the blower 64 and the heater 70 will operate. When the three-way selector switch 68 is turned to a third position, the blower 64 and the heater 70 will not operate. A sealing cap 72 can be mounted in a removable manner upon a free end of one air outlet pipe 46, so as to prevent the forced air from exiting the air outlet pipe 46 when not in use.
A boot dryer adaptor 74 can be mounted in a removable manner upon a free end of one air outlet pipe 46, so that an inverted wet boot 75 can be placed upon the boot dryer adaptor 74 to be dried therefrom. The boot dryer adaptor 74 includes a cap 76 that fits upon the free end of the air outlet pipe 46. A perforated tube 78 extends upwardly from the cap 76, so that the inverted wet boot 75 can be placed upon the perforated tube 78.
A bunker pants dryer adaptor 80 can also be mounted in a removable manner upon a free end of one air outlet pipe 46. An inverted wet pair of bunker pants 32 hanging down from one special hanger 28, can be placed over the bunker pants dryer adaptor 80 to be dried therefrom. The bunker pants dryer adaptor 80, as best seen in FIGS. 6 and 8, contains a cap 82 that fits upon the free end of the air outlet pipe 46. Two perforated tubes 84 extend upwardly at an angle from opposite sides of the cap 82, to fit into each leg portion of the inverted wet pair of bunker pants 32.
A glove dryer adaptor 86 can be mounted in a removable manner upon a free end of one air outlet pipe 46. Up to four inverted wet gloves 88 can be placed upon the glove dryer adaptor 86 to be dried therefrom.
The glove dryer adaptor 86, as best seen in FIG. 7, includes a cap 90 that fits upon the free end of the air outlet pipe 46. Four perforated tubes 92 extend upwardly at angles radially about the cap 90. Each of the inverted wet gloves 88 can be placed upon each perforated tube 92.
10 dehydration device
12 portable framework
14 suspending structure on 12
16 turnout uniform
18 moisture removing mechanism on 12
20 leg base
26 perforated top rack
28 special hanger for 14
30 turnout coat
32 bunker pants
34 flat bow of 28
36 aperture in 34
38 hook on 34
40 U-shaped carry member on 34
42 clip on 40
44 manifold conduit
46 air outlet pipe
48 air forcing assembly
50 control box for 48
54 bottom wall of 52
56 top wall of 52
58 side wall of 52
60 front wall of 52
62 rear wall of 52
64 blower in 52
66 relay/timer on 58
68 three-way selector switch on 66
72 sealing cap
74 boot dryer adaptor
76 cap of 74
78 perforated tube of 74
80 bunker pants dryer adaptor
82 cap of 80
84 perforated tube of 80
86 glove dryer adaptor
90 cap of 86
92 perforated tube of 86
It will be understood that each of the elements described above, or two or more together may also find a useful application in other types of methods differing from the type described above.
While certain novel features of this invention have been shown and described and are pointed out in the annexed claims, it is not intended to be limited to the details above, since it will be understood that various omissions, modifications, substitutions and changes in the forms and details of the device illustrated and in its operation can be made by those skilled in the art without departing in any way from the spirit of the present invention.
Without further analysis, the foregoing will so fully reveal the gist of the present invention that others can, by applying current knowledge, readily adapt it for various applications without omitting features that, from the standpoint of prior art, fairly constitute essential characteristics of the generic or specific aspects of this invention.
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|International Classification||A47L23/20, F26B21/00, F26B9/00, D06F59/02|
|Cooperative Classification||A47L23/205, F26B9/003, F26B21/006, D06F59/02|
|European Classification||D06F59/02, F26B21/00F, F26B9/00B, A47L23/20B|
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